A few years ago, such a term appeared on the Russian real estate market - American-style kitchen. The phrase sounds fresh and modern, but has little to do with real American cuisine. In modern Russian apartments there is not enough space for arranging a full-fledged American-style kitchen. The only sure way to arrange your life "in American style" is to combine the living room with the kitchen. What real American life looks like, and how to integrate it in Russian conditions, will be discussed in this article.A spacious room is required to create an American-style kitchen
American style kitchen: interior freedom
Unlike the United States of America, where the apartment is offered furnished and there is a special room for arranging an American-style kitchen (photo), the residents of the Russian Federation solve this problem on their own.
Attention! Note that in the middle of a typical American kitchen is the so-called island, which houses the hob, oven, sink and cutting table, and the rest of the kitchen furniture is placed around the perimeter of the room.
A distinctive feature of the American-style kitchen is ease and free space. This result can be achieved only after combining the kitchen room and living room. This option is suitable for both a medium-sized apartment and a large house.
Redevelopment of the American-style kitchen allows you to get not only a comfortable workplace for the hostess, but also equip a full dining area. It should be noted that the American style implies the existence of two directions:
North American country style
Traditional American country cuisine exudes the raw charm of the southern United States. A well-designed kitchen is a meeting place for the whole family. Old things are used, unnecessary kitchen utensils and furniture from the landfill, which, after minor repairs, create a cozy atmosphere of a rustic country-style kitchen in the house. Such a room serves not only as a place for cooking. Here they wash, sew, babysit and raise pets.
The design of the American kitchen (photo) in the country style does not differ in impeccable style and design. The main advantage of the rustic cuisine of the North American states is reliability and functionality. All kitchen cabinets are made of natural wood, and worktops are made of natural stone or granite.
A rural American-style kitchen is a collection of various, at times incompatible at first glance, household items. The general view of the kitchen in a country house combines several separate components:
Ceramic tiles or artificial stone are used to decorate the floor. If desired, the floor covering is covered with a self-woven carpet or rug. The coziness of a rustic American country kitchen is created by walls that are best covered with wood paneling. When decorating a kitchen room with ceramic tiles or wallpaper, all the charm of a rustic kitchen is lost.
Free hanging shelves on the walls, can be decorated with flowers, kitchen spoons or ladles made of iron and / or copper. Perfectly selected textiles will help create a mood and general atmosphere of comfort. Patchwork quilts or faded blankets, can be originally placed on chairs, armchairs or window sills. Curtains or drapes are matched to the overall color scheme of the room, as a rule, these are warm pastel colors or bright shades.
The right lighting will help create the warm atmosphere of the rustic cuisine of the North American states. For these purposes, various local lamps are used, candles in iron candlesticks or floor lamps with an old patterned umbrella. There are no restrictions in the design of "American" cuisine. Everything is based on your own imagination and fantasy. It is enough just to walk through the flea market and collect "unnecessary" household items.
Contemporary eclecticism of American style
The interior of the American-style kitchen in a city apartment is completely different. If the country style of a village house is simplicity and originality, then the modern eclecticism of the American style in a city is distinguished by some basic traditional elements of the technical design of the room:
Of no small importance is the stylistic solution in the design of the kitchen space.
American style kitchen design (photo)
Not everyone can correctly and beautifully equip an American-style kitchen. Firstly, this requires considerable financial costs, and secondly, not everyone has a clear idea of what a real American-style kitchen design is.
As a rule, beautiful pictures or Hollywood films about American life cannot always be embodied in the modern conditions of Russian reality. In this case, professional designers will help who will equip the American-style kitchen according to your taste, observing all the necessary technical conditions and regulatory requirements for redevelopment.
The main concept of the design approach to the American style is the correct organization of functionally different parts of the room and the choice of a general color scheme. All rooms should be a single living space. To achieve this, it is necessary to get rid of unnecessary interior partitions and the congestion of the room with furniture.
Decorating the walls, ceiling and floor of the kitchen
The choice of colors for American cuisine does not imply bright and / or pretentious color schemes, since the main functional task of the room is to create a warm and cozy home environment. The best color scheme for walls and ceilings in American kitchens is milky, lemon, or sand. For the ceiling, a flat surface painted in light colors is considered the best option. However, the presence of multi-level drops is allowed, which must be maintained in the correct geometric proportions.
Ceilings made of wood will help to provide a country-style American style, and you can add volume and space to the kitchen with the help of stretch ceilings. The classic style of American cuisine is flat walls, painted in light colors. This design solution visually provides the kitchen space with the necessary space and freshness. It is not recommended to use various patterns and decoration elements in the design of the walls. Everything should be simple, voluminous and functional.
On a note! Some residents of the USA and Canada like to change the appearance of their kitchen every year, repainting the walls in different colors. It all depends on the mood and inner perception of a person.
The floor in the American country style kitchen should contrast with the overall color scheme of the ceiling and walls. For this, darker shades are selected. Wood panels or parquet are used as flooring. However, true adherents of the American style in modern design prefer lighter colors.
On a note! It should be noted that in the modern American kitchen, carpet is never used.
This "rustic" tradition is considered bad form among residents of North American metropolitan areas. However, the presence of a small carpet near the sofa or armchair in the so-called "recreation area" is not rejected.
Correct kitchen design
It is hard to imagine an American-style kitchen without a large window located above the sink and / or along the entire work surface. As a rule, Americans do not use traditional curtains or drapes in their kitchen. The classics of style are roller blinds, which are lowered only in the dark. The kitchen is lit with natural light throughout the day.
Choosing American-style kitchen furniture is not an easy task. To match the style, the following traditions and rules must be observed:
American style kitchen furniture does not allow counterfeits. Everything should be made of high quality wood material.
Choice of lighting and optional accessories
The classic choice in American kitchen lighting is a lampshade that is placed in the center of the room, that is, above the island. Such local light creates additional comfort and a cozy home atmosphere. However, additional lighting sources cannot be ruled out. As a rule, several lighting fixtures are placed on the ceiling in strict rectilinear proportions in order to fill the kitchen with bright light, if necessary.
The included lighting fixtures placed on the walls will accentuate the kitchen interior and allow it to be separated from the general living area.
An American-style kitchen is a multitude of different cabinets and shelves that have a certain functional significance. Americans love to use freestanding kitchen cabinets to store a variety of household items, small appliances, textiles, kitchen utensils, and cookbooks.
In a traditional American home, food storage is provided by a separate pantry room, which is very difficult to achieve in modern Russian conditions. Therefore, kitchen furniture in Russia, stylized in the American style, is also a storage for various food products, for example, cereals, sugar, salt, and so on.
You can complement the kitchen interior with various accessories at your discretion. Traditional American Cuisine - Historic Items. Many Americans decorate their kitchen space with family photos, paintings, old "knick-knacks" and items bought at flea markets or flea markets. The main condition is to maintain the overall stylization of the kitchen space.
Correct placement of furniture, the presence of many sources of lighting and the addition of various accessories will provide the kitchen with multifunctionality and ergonomics for a long time, while creating a unique atmosphere of home comfort.